Nate Noncent, a senior health sciences major at Quinnipiac, works on his smart walker, a responsive walker that senses obstacles and has an auto-braking system, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 in the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the School of Business on the university's Mount Carmel Campus.  (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

The People’s United Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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Overview

The People’s United Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship strives to support the determination and goals of students and entrepreneurs at Quinnipiac. It is the ideal creative space to dream up, research and turn great ideas into viable business solutions with the potential to go to market.

What We Do

Putting entrepreneurial spirit into practice

Businessman, philanthropist and Quinnipiac trustee Carlton Highsmith believes that the great equalizer in American society consists of equal parts education, innovation and entrepreneurship. Thanks to the support of Quinnipiac’s nationally recognized School of Business and our partnership with People’s United Bank, we are able to fully realize that vision.

The People’s United Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is a versatile and collaborative incubator for students, staff and faculty across Quinnipiac’s 8 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences to pursue their original entrepreneurial ventures. The center taps into the expertise and advanced research capabilities of experienced business professionals. It provides advisory services and workshops in legal, finance, research, marketing, design, business plan development and start-up mentoring, as well as access to business capital.

Our team consists of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, alumni mentors and other friends of the university. Each of us shares both the entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to making the center the ideal space for tackling each phase in the lifecycle of an idea, from brainstorming to meeting potential investors.

The Pitch Competition

It’s time to make your pitch — and turn your ideas into reality

Take your business idea to the next level. The People's United Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is inviting all students to make a pitch for cash prizes to help get your entrepreneurship idea off the ground. The center will award $5,000 in total cash prizes to three Quinnipiac students with the best pitches. 

Two students talk in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Prizes


First place: $3,000
Second place: $1,500
Third place: $500

Timeline, requirements and eligibility


PowerPoint decks are due on April 5 at 11:59 p.m.

The four slides should include:

  1. Concept
  2. Market Analysis
  3. Competition
  4. Revenue Model

Students will make their pitches April 23, 4-6 p.m., in the People's United Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

All entrants must be enrolled Quinnipiac undergraduate or graduate students. (Faculty and staff are not eligible.)

Judges


  • Garrett Sheehan, president and CEO of Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
  • Anthony Price, president and CEO of Loot Scout
  • Sharon Mwale, program manager of Health Venture

Registration


To register, email your PowerPoint proposal to Fred McKinney, Carlton Highsmith Chair Innovation and Entrepreneurship, professor of entrepreneurship and strategy.

Events

Inaugural Speaker Series

January 23-May 1

The People’s United Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship will host its inaugural Speaker Series. The series features corporate innovators, entrepreneurs, Quinnipiac alumni, public and private sector support organizations and experts who focus on financing entrepreneurial start-ups.

The goal of the series is to create a vibrant and entrepreneurial on-campus community, provide inspiration for Quinnipiac entrepreneurs (faculty, staff and students), and share information that will assist budding innovators in attaining their goals.

All sessions will run on Wednesday afternoons from 4–6:30 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served. All events are open to the public.

People’s United Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Lender School of Business Center, SB-109
Mount Carmel Campus
275 Mount Carmel Avenue, Hamden, CT

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Past Events

Reception to celebrate re-opening of innovation center

On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, the university hosted a reception to celebrate the re-opening of the People's United Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The event was hosted by Matthew O’Connor, Dean of the Quinnipiac School of Business, and Fred McKinney, Carlton Highsmith Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Special guests included Judy Olian, President of Quinnipiac University, Carlton Highsmith, Vice Chairman of the Quinnipiac Board of Trustees, and Jeff Tengel, President of People’s United Bank.

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Fred McKinney stands behind a podium with the Quinnipiac People's United Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship logo.

Inspiring words

Fred McKinney, the Carlton Highsmith Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Quinnipiac University, speaks at the re-opening of The People's United Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the Lender School of Business Center

Contact Us

Fred McKinney
Carlton Highsmith Chair of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Director of the People’s United Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship